New York, New York
Dayanna Torres is passionate about brokering public and private collaborations and initiatives to dismantle systemic barriers and create economic opportunities for underinvested communities and populations historically overlooked and underestimated. With over 10 years of experience, she brings extensive knowledge working across the public sector, higher education, and non-profits
launching partnerships and managing initiatives in the areas of economic development, workforce development, adult education, college access/success, financial empowerment and business development. Driven by personal experience as daughter of immigrant, as a bilingual Hispanic, and first-generation New Yorker from The Bronx, Dayanna is committed to driving social impact, sparking equitable economic prosperity, and being a voice for underrepresented minorities often not invited to the ideation or decision-making table.
Motivated to close win-win deals, Dayanna brings a deep understanding of systemic challenges impacting urban and low-income communities and strongly believes that with an asset-based approach, investments, and cross sector collaborations they can be revitalized. Currently, she works for a non-profit intermediary playing a leading role in working with local communities to develop new solutions that are responsive to the unique needs of individual neighborhoods in New York City. Previously, she formed part of the inaugural partnerships department at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), leading projects aimed to spur inclusive economic development and talent pipeline solutions for the city’s high growth industry investments, city assets undergoing Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and company expansions. Dayanna also has a track record for advancing the mission of complex institutions by integrating new models including the largest Public Housing Authority in North America and within the nation’s largest Urban Public University.
Dayanna serves on the Board of Directors of Women Creating Change and previously served on her local Community Board where she chaired the Youth Committee. Dayanna earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Syracuse University including two Masters Degrees from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.